9 May 1932
Old Windsor, Berkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Hugh Cruttwell (1953-2002)|
Geraldine McEwan (born Geraldine McKeown on 9 May 1932) is an English actress, with a diverse history in theatre, film and television. From 2004–2009 she appeared as Miss Marple, the Agatha Christie sleuth, for the series Marple shown on ITV1 in the UK, and PBS in the U.S.
She was born Geraldine McKeown on 9 May 1932, in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England, daughter of Donald McKeown and his wife Nora (Burns). She was married to the former Principal of RADA, Hugh Cruttwell, who died in 2002.
McEwan attended Windsor County Girls' School and her extensive theatrical career began at 14 as assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. She made her first appearance on the Windsor stage in October 1946, as an attendant of Hippolyta, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and played many parts with the Windsor Repertory Company from March 1949 to March 1951 including a role in the Ruth Gordon bio play Years Ago opposite guest player John Clark. She made her first West End appearance at the Vaudeville Theatre on 4 April 1951 as Christina Deed in Who Goes There! in which she made a marked success.
Her career blossomed, with performances in such award-winning productions as The Rivals, The Way of the World, and The Chairs. she also appeared, with Kenneth Williams in the original 1965 production of Loot by Joe Orton, which closed at the Wimbledon Theatre before reaching London. She spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where she played in many of the Shakespeare comedies; her roles included a rendition of Olivia in Twelfth Night in 1958.
She made her directing debut in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company's touring season, Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London. McEwan's contribution was a light romantic staging of As You Like It, with Kenneth Branagh playing Touchstone as an Edwardian music hall comedian. In the same season Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi also made their debuts as directors.
She played Mortiana in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Her numerous television credits include the highly acclaimed The Barchester Chronicles with Alan Rickman, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Mulberry, and Mapp and Lucia. She was also in an episode of Red Dwarf, playing a computer. In 2002, she starred in Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters, giving a performance as Sister Bridget.
In 2004, Geraldine McEwan was selected by Granada Television as the new face of Miss Marple, the Agatha Christie sleuth, for the series Marple. McEwan announced her retirement from the role after filming the third series..
1991: BAFTA for Best Actress, for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
1995: Evening Standard Best Actress Award for The Way of the World
1998: nominated: Tony Award -Best Actress The Chairs
|There Was a Young Lady||1953||Irene|
|No Kidding||1960||Catherine Robinson||Beware of Children (U.S.)|
|The Dance of Death||1969||Alice|
|The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones||1976||Lady Bellaston|
|Escape from the Dark||1976||Miss Coutt||The Littlest Horse Thieves (U.S.)|
|The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ( tv series)||1978||Jean Brodie|
|Foreign Body||1986||Lady Ammanford|
|Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||1991||Mortianna|
|The Love Letter||1999||Constance Scattergoods|
|Food of Love||2000||Novotna|
|The Magdalene Sisters||2002||Sister Bridget|
|Vanity Fair||2004||Lady Southdown|
|The Lazarus Child||2004||Janet|
|Carrie's War||2004||Mrs. Gotobed|
|Marple: The Body in the Library||2004|
|Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage||2004|
|Marple: 4.50 from Paddington||2004|
|Marple: A Murder Is Announced||2005|
|Marple: Sleeping Murder||2005|
|Marple: The Moving Finger||2006|
|Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs||2006|
|Marple: The Sittaford Mystery||2006|
|Marple: At Bertram's Hotel||2007|
|Marple: Ordeal by Innocence||2007|
|Marple: Towards Zero||2008|